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Security and Governance in the Globalised Arctic: Nordic and International Perspectives, 2015


On 12 and 13 November, Aarhus University hosted the 2015 MatchPoints Seminar, Security and Governance in the Globalised Arctic: Nordic and International Perspectives. The conference is being called the most important Nordic foreign policy conference of the past decade. Researchers, ministers, politicians and diplomats from all over the world met in Aarhus to discuss the political, economic and environmental challenges facing the Arctic.

On this page you will be able to see videos and selected speeches from the conference, watch video from the panel debates and recapture the debate on Twitter #matchpoints15.

Highlights from the participants

Professor Rob Huebert

"The worst case scenario for the Arctic is if Putin is as bad as we think he is", says professor Rob Huebert about the future for the Arctic.

Professor Michael Byers

"Cooperation is succeeding in the Arctic", says Canadian Professor Michael Byers and predicts what might make it collapse.

Professor John Mearsheimer

"There is no great threat to the stability in the Arctic right now," says professor John Mearsheimer. 

Professor Søren Rysgaard

"Its a good start (...) but decision-makers needs to start talking together", says professor Søren Rysgaard.

Martin Breum, journalist

Journalist and moderator of MatchPoints 2015 outlines the challenges and the game of power in the Arctic region (In Danish):

MP Aaja Chemnitz Larsen

"We need to be proactive when it comes to the Arctic", says Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of the Parliament of Greenland.

Watch again - MatchPoints 2015

Speeches and presentations

The Arctic and MatchPoints 2015 in the media

Read the press coverage of MatchPoints 2015

In Danish:

National media

Local media

Feature articles

  • Sådan undgår vi miljøkatastrofer i Arktis (Analyse af Søren Rysgaard og Ellen Margrethe Basse, Politiken den 13.11.15. Link findes ikke)
  • Dansk balancegang i Arktis (kronik af Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, Jyllands Posten den 12.11.15. Link findes ikke)
  • Videnskabsdiplomati i Arktis (Kronik af Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Li Xing og Mette Højris Gregersen, Berlingske den 12.11.15)
  • Danmark må ikke lade Arktis ligge i dvale (Kronik af Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Politiken den 12.11.15)


See pictures from MatchPoints 2015


MatchPoints 2015

Roundup of MatchPoints on Twitter

For the press

Journalists are more than welcome to use our press material from the conference. 

Contact cams@au.dk for further information. 

Hosts, organisers and partners

Aarhus University and City of Aarhus

Aarhus University (Arctic Research Centre and INTRALaw)
Aalborg University (Circla)
Copenhagen University
Northern Research Forum
Royal Danish Defence College
University of Oslo (ARENA)
University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
University of Iceland
Ilismatusarfik/University of Greenland
University of Lappland

Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Nordic Council of Ministers,
Embassy of Canada
Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskab
Folkeuniversitet i Aarhus


Free admission to the ARoS Art Museum

While in Aarhus please make time to visit the ARoS Art Museum. In your MatchPoints conference material you will find a free ARoS voucher, which you are welcome to use any time during opening hours. See opening hours.